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    Published on 07-04-16 08:28

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    Keen Coffee is a collaboration of baristas Bonne Postma, Rob Kerkhoff and Roasters Jan Schuitemaker & Tosca Schuitemaker

    My passion for coffee began in New Zealand back in 2008 when I was backpacking around the country.


    New Zealand had a coffee culture that was totally different from the Netherlands.It was all about going out to cafes, and a professional coffee making, while back in the Netherlands, we drank coffee at home, on the couch, with a cookie!

    I was fascinated by the espresso machines. I wanted to learn how to use them to make the delicious coffees that I was tasting.

    Inspired,when I got home to Utrecht, I landed a job at a Douwe Egberts espresso bar…And, with a little help from YouTube, taught myself latte art!

    After that, I got a job at The Village Coffee & Music. It was there that I focused more on how to calibrate the grinder and work with the espresso to extract better flavour from the coffee, instead of just focusing on making pretty latte art. Coffee culture came a bit late to the Netherlands, and The Village was one of the first real espresso bars, one of the only places that you could get a proper filter coffee.

    I learned how to use the Clever, Aeropress, and Siphon. It was a blast! And I was lucky to be a part of the team that won The Village the title of ‘Best Coffee Bar in the Netherlands’.

    I fell in love with the barista life: the scales, the grinder, and searching for that perfect cup of coffee.

    During this time I was also doing a lot of competitions. My first was at the Dutch Latte Art Championship, where I came in second place. The following year I competed in both the Latte Art and Barista Championships, which was insane, considering that they were only two days apart. Why I thought this was a good idea, I do not know. Despite my poor decision making, I somehow managed to win the best newcomer prize at the Dutch Barista Championship!

    Oh,and as if I wasn’t busy enough with competing, and working at the Village, I also started my own company, called Robocup. My slogan was “Part man. Part machine. All nice.” I worked the festival scene, serving up coffee at Lowlands and Pinkpop. At each festival I managed a team of 24 baristas, manning 4 La Marzoccos and 10 Technivorms, and serving up over 20,000 cups of coffee.

    Then came last year’s Dutch Brewers Cup. I worked for three months perfecting my recipes, trying out different methods, and adjusting grinds and water temperatures. I left no variable untested. All the hard work paid off and I took first place.

    Then it was on to the World Brewers Cup where I took fifth. The WBRC was a great experience. I met so many fun people who were also passionate about coffee.Plus, people who love coffee, also love a good party and a nice beer at the end of the day. We had a really good time.

    On a more serious note, it was really beautiful to hear people’s stories about their work and their own adventures with coffee. I learned so much from them, and I truly value the knowledge that I took away from that experience.

    I want to help other coffee lovers by sharing the knowledge that I’ve accumulated over the years. I’m hoping that together we can help take coffee to the next level.
    by Published on 26-02-16 03:55  Number of Views: 1300 

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    On 31 July I will be riding 100 miles in support of Aspire

    Why?, because every eight hours, someone in the UK is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. It can happen to anyone at any time. Without warning, someone's life changes completely. Aspire exists to provide essential support, equipment and advice to people with spinal cord injuries in the UK and Ireland.
    RideLondon-Surrey 100 is a closed roads cycle ride starting from Olympic Park and heading through London to the Surrey Hills before returning to The Mall.

    Aspire is a charity helping to provide the practical support that can be needed by those who sustain spinal cord injuries.
    Without the kind of basic access features and adaptations included as standard in an Aspire property – such as level access throughout, adequately wide doorways, enough space to turn a wheelchair in all rooms, accessible bathroom, kitchen and bedrooms – unadapted homes simply prevent spinal injured people from living.

    Your donations will help improve quality of life for those who sustain a life changing spinal cord injury - that can happen at any time.

    I have already started training for this event and would like to beat last years time too.

    Every person who donates via my JustGiving Link will also go into a draw for some Coffee Forums UK merchandise.

    Simply leave a comment below and add your forum username when donating.

    Thank you in advance to all who support me. I will update you with training progress frequently.
    Published on 21-02-16 06:06  Number of Views: 1114 

    Jolly Bean Roastery has recently changed it's name - from Jolly Brew Coffee Company

    Jolly Bean Roastery hand roasts small batches of ethically sourced speciality coffee beans (the tasty ones!) and aims to showcase the individual qualities of each bean, roasting to order and delivering fresh to your door.

    They love all things coffee, especially roasting, brewing and drinking it, and hopefully they can share it with you.

    Click the banner to visit their site and use the ode shown for a Coffee Forums UK member discount!


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    by Published on 11-12-15 10:46

    For those who haven't noticed Yuletide is nearly upon us. Wishing all of the good forum folk a very merry Christmas.

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    L-R. Gary Dyke1, The Systemic Kid, Mr Boots2U, Glenn, Jesus =(A Young Matt Perger), Coffee Chap, Urban Bumpkin, Xpenno, Jeebsy.

    I'm sure there's a way to tag faces but I haven't worked out how to do it.
    by Published on 22-11-15 06:18  Number of Views: 1136 

    On Sunday 15th May 2016 I will be cycling the Medio Fondo route in the Chiltern 100 Sportive in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

    Along with my Bombay Bicycle Club team mates I will be tackling 76 miles (122km) of hills – with 1,897m of climbing (thats a lot!) - starting and finishing at Bovingdon Airfield, Hertfordshire.

    I like to set myself a tough goal each year. Last year was the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 (with less climbing over a longer route) and I finished in just over 6 hours.

    This ride however will be a real test, but what will spur me on is that Prostate Cancer UK is researching ways to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. Over 10000 men die of prostate cancer each year. That's more than 1 per hour!

    Money spent on research has already contributed to the following achievements:

    • Developed a new treatment for early prostate cancer
    • Set up a prostate cancer research centre to nurture talented researchers
    • Revealed that African Caribbean men are more likely to develop prostate cancer


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    All Coffee Forums UK Members who donate through my JustGiving link will go in the draw to win a Coffee Forums UK KeepCup or a Coffee Forums UK T-Shirt.

    Simply leave a comment below and add your forum username when donating.

    Thank you in advance to all who support me. I will update you with training progress frequently.
    Published on 29-10-15 10:00

    It's not long now until we bring Cup North back to the northern heights of Manchester. This time we're in a new home at Victoria Warehouse and we're returning with an action packed programme of buzzing activities.

    Whet your appetite below with the rundown of activities planned
    for 7th & 8th November.

    Saturday:
    UK Cup Tasters Championships – All Day
    Watch 24 cupping masters go head to head as they break the coffee triangulation challenge and beat the clock.

    Coffee Throwing Championships - Saturday Evening

    Try your luck at throwing a 1kg bag of roasted coffee as far as you can for the chance to be crowned the Cup North Coffee Throwing Champion of 2015!

    Sunday:

    Tamper Tantrum in association with Cimbali – All Day
    Tamper Tantrum returns to Cup North this November with 6 inspiring speakers. Get the low down on each one of them here.

    Both Days:

    Cup North Cinema in association with Small Batch Coffee Roasters – Timings TBC
    We have a selection of coffee related films lined up for the event. See our full review of Caffeinated here. Between longer films there will be the opportunity to brush up on your skills with coffee tutorial videos and entertaining snippets from sponsors.

    Coffee School with Conti

    Conti have invited coffee pals Dhan Tamang and Charlotte Malaval to share skills in scheduled classes at our pop-up coffee school. Arrive early to book a place and avoid disappointment.

    Guest Cupping Lab – All Day

    The opportunity to sample and taste coffee from roasters and importers who aren’t exhibiting at Cup North. Confirmed so far are Square Mile Coffee Roasters, Nordic Approach, Coffee Bird and Lot Sixty One. Each slot will last approximately 45 minutes.

    Tickets for one day are £10 or for both days £18. Available here, and in Manchester coffee shops.
    by Published on 24-10-15 12:24  Number of Views: 1124 

    Last week I was in Cuba and really enjoyed visiting a coffee farm (Finca Roja) in Viñales - Pinar del Rio.

    The farmer (Senor Roja - pictured) looks after 1100 Arabica plants, mainly Caturra, but also has Yellow Bourbon and Red Bourbon as well as a few Robusta plants as well.

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    He walked us through the picking, processing, drying and sorting process. All his coffee gets sent to a local mill for depulping. Some is also roasted locally which his family uses in their restaurant nearby.

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    We learned about the pests that attack the coffee trees (beetle infected cherry below), saw leaf rust (a widespread problem in central and south america), and learned about the cultivation and pruning processes too.

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    All of this was discussed over a few cups of coffee brewed by the farmer in his house in the middle of the plantation.

    We also ate some of the fruit he grows (picked straight from the tree) and saw other insects native to the area such as the little red ants that have a painful bite.

    My Cuba album is here and contains photos from Havana, Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad.
    by Published on 11-10-15 09:44  Number of Views: 1188 

    Now in its third year, the London Latte Art Smackdown sees 64 of the UK's best latte artists go head to head for a share of a growing prize pot.

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    This year the winner took home a Nuova Simonelli machine, coffee from Square Mile, accessories from Coffee Hit, Cold Brew coffee from Minor Figures, £400 in cash (part funded by Allegra) and a trophy provided by Victoria Ardiuno. Did I mention bragging rights were thrown in too?

    Four heats were held on Tuesday nights in September at Kaffeine Eastcastle Street, host and compere Peter Dore-Smith's beautiful coffeeshop (the big brother of Kaffeine Great Titchfield Street).

    Pulling shots and serving ridiculously cheap beer to nearly 60 people each night was the hard working Kaffeine team, led by head barista Kuba.

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    The final on 6 October was held at Square Mile Coffee Roastery in Shoreditch, where over 150 people turned up to drink beer provided by sponsor The Kernel Brewery and cheer on the 16 finalists.

    Once the final 4 were established the penultimate head-to-head was between Helen from Lantana and Heidi from Prufrock.
    This contest was won by Heidi.

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    Battling for the top spot was the reigning UK Latte Art Champion Dhan Tamang (Caracoli - Winchester) and Nico Halliday (Noble Espresso).

    This contest went to the wire and was about to go to Nico when (infamous*) judge Jeremy Challender (of Prufrock and the *etchgate scandal in 2013...) noticed the cups were of slightly different sizes...

    Repour!

    Up to this point the baristas could pour two cups and put their best one forward. That all changed for the final throw of the dice.

    Nico and Dhan went head to head - steam at the same time and throw down your best heart, tulip or rosetta and be judged the winner of the 2015 London Latte Art Smackdown.

    Nico triumphed

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    Thank you to all of my fellow judges for making this extremely memorable;
    James Bailey (Workshop)
    Oli Bradshaw (Square Mile)
    Tim Williams (coffeesourcing.com)
    Claire Brice (Kaffeine)
    Ben Townsend (London School of Coffee)
    Phil Wain (London Coffee Maps)
    David Urbinati (Artisan)
    Jeremy Challender (Prufrock)
    James Hoffman (Square Mile)
    Marty Latham (Square Mile)
    Felicity Tahtis (Square Mile)

    Click here to view 100 photos from the event - taken by Head Judge & Coffee Photographer Glenn Watson (coffee-photography.com)
    Published on 18-09-15 07:45  Number of Views: 22042 

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    Iconic grinders such as the Mazzer Super Jolly and the Anfim Caimano are just a few of the coffee grinders available.

    A price match guarantee has been applied to all their high quality grinders - a symbol of their commitment to supplying the lowest priced commercial coffee grinders on the market.

    Check out their range of grinders: http://www.beanmachines.co.uk/21-c-c...offee-grinders.

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